|Publication number||US7065817 B2|
|Application number||US 10/935,059|
|Publication date||Jun 27, 2006|
|Filing date||Sep 7, 2004|
|Priority date||Sep 9, 2003|
|Also published as||US20050050641|
|Publication number||10935059, 935059, US 7065817 B2, US 7065817B2, US-B2-7065817, US7065817 B2, US7065817B2|
|Inventors||Vickie L. Shield|
|Original Assignee||Shield Vickie L|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (4), Classifications (8), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the benefit of and priority from U.S. provisional application Ser. No. 60/501,521 filed Sep. 9, 2003.
The present invention pertains to a bed which allows pregnant women to sleep on their stomachs during their pregnancy. More particularly, the present invention provides adjustable support for the stomach and breasts to reduce pressure on the spine as the pregnancy progresses. The invention is also usable by men and women that have had abdominal surgery and need to sleep on their stomachs. It is also usable for patients who have undergone other types of surgery such as breast surgery or back surgery wherein sleeping on the stomach is desirable.
It is known in the prior art to provide mattress designs having tummy wells and breast wells which allow pregnant women to sleep on their stomachs. Most of those prior art designs utilize inserts which provide only a small number of adjustments to the size of the tummy well and the breast well. There is a need for a body bed which allows an adjustable support for the tummy well and breast well wherein the adjustment is continuously variable as opposed to being adjustable through a small number of discrete steps.
The present invention provides for this continuous adjustability by utilizing support cloths which extend over the tummy well and breast well which have VELCRO on both ends. The ends of those cloths are attached under the body bed. The VELCRO fastening allows the straps to be adjusted to any desired degree deemed suitable for the user.
A primary object of the invention is to provide a bed on which pregnant women and others may sleep on their stomachs, and which provides tummy and breast wells along with continuously adjustable tummy well and breast well straps to provide optimum support for the user's spine.
A further object is to provide a bed on which pregnant women and others may sleep on their stomachs having continuously adjustable straps with VELCRO fasteners.
Other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description and drawings, wherein:
As shown in
Mattress 10 has a bottom surface 11 to which VELCRO material is attached adjacent tummy well 20 and adjacent breast well 30.
A tummy well cloth or strip 50 is provided which is of sturdy material and which has VELCRO material attached to ends 51 and 52. The tummy well strap 50 is therefore adjustable through an infinite number of positions within the depth of tummy well 20. The user simply lies on the mattress 10 with her (or his) stomach in tummy well 20. The tummy well strap 50 is pulled taut on both ends until the proper support has been achieved and then the ends 51 and 52 are pressed against the VELCRO on the bottom surface 11 of mattress 10 and the user may sleep comfortably with proper support for her stomach and minimum pressure on her spine.
Similarly, the breast well support cloth 60 is provided having VELCRO surfaces provided at ends 61 and 62. The user simply lies on the mattress 10 with her breasts in breast well 30 and the breast well strap is pulled taut and attached to the bottom of the mattress 10 when the proper support has been achieved.
It is to be understood that the mattress design of the present invention may be used by many patients or users in addition to pregnant women. Any individuals needing to rest or sleep on their stomach may obtain the proper amount of stomach and breast support by utilizing the present invention. Persons needing only stomach support could use a mattress having only a tummy well.
The tummy well and breast well cloths may alternately be attached to the side walls of the mattress. Although this alternate form makes it easier to apply the support cloth or strap, the support is not as secure as connecting the straps to the bottom of the mattress.
The foregoing description of the invention has been presented for purposes of illustration and description and is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. Modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. The embodiments were chosen and described to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical application, thereby enabling others skilled in the art to best use the invention in various embodiments and with various modifications suited to the particular use contemplated. The scope of the invention is to be defined by the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||5/735, 5/930|
|International Classification||A47G9/00, A47C20/02, A47C20/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S5/93, A47C20/025|
|Jan 22, 2010||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Jan 22, 2010||SULP||Surcharge for late payment|
|Feb 7, 2014||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jun 27, 2014||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Aug 19, 2014||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20140627